New SMB JumpStart Series Now Available for Registration

Woody Walton   Partners, You may have seen our previous post by my peer, Jeff Stoffel, titled Registration is open! Four new SMB JumpStart virtual workshops starting soon. The TS2 Team has been running these with great success thus far and we want to make certain you do not miss out! There are 2 new…

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Azure Shortcuts and Quick Reference at your Fingertips.

Okay, so who knows everything about Azure?  If you raised your hand and you are not Mark Russinovich, the CTO of Microsoft Azure, I doubt you should have.  Most folks don’t realize just how much they don’t know about Azure, myself included.  One the best things about the Azure platform is that is constantly evolving…

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Plug into disti @ WPC

  We know WPC can be overwhelming, so we’ve consolidated everything you need to know about your US SMB distributors in one place. The Microsoft distributors are going BIG in FY17 to meet you and show you the new offerings, incentives, and capabilities they are bringing in 2017! We encourage all partners to discover each…

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US SMB Champions Club Awards Reception at WPC 2016

  All US SMB Partners and especially US SMB Champs! You are invited to join us for the US SMB Champions Club Awards Reception at WPC 2016. We will celebrate your successes in serving small and medium businesses across the United States as we recognize this year’s top Microsoft US SMB partners. Your contributions continue…

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Microsoft Planner Generally Available

  Partners, If your are an avid follower of the Office Blog you may have been have been following the progress of Microsoft Planner since last September, but if you are like many of us you just get too busy and glance over the bulk of the interesting content on the blog.  There is an…

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Azure Backup and ASR General Availability in CSP

  Partners,   Quick Update.   I wanted to get the news out on this as some of you may not have looked at the most current Azure Release Notes for CSP which is dated May 31st announced two very important points that illustrate the inertia building in Azure and CSP. Azure Backup is now Generally…

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Great CSP Azure Backup and ASR Guidance

CSP is here to stay as a sales transaction model and it is growing at an extremely high rate with Office 365. However with Azure, CSP is only just out of the starting blocks relatively speaking.  I personally think this stems from a general lack of awareness that selling solutions on Azure via CSP is…

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Hands on Training with top solutions in the Azure Marketplace

  I wanted to pass along an announcement that went out on the Microsoft US Partner Community Yammer network earlier this week as I think it needs reinforcement and additional exposure.   As Azure Training is a topic I am continuously asked about, I want to make certain you are all aware of these upcoming trainings…

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The Microsoft Small Business Contest is an opportunity for your Customer and You!

I am departing a moment from the traditional subject matter of technical and sales related content on this blog to share with you something that may interest you, …or better yet your small business customer(s).   Right now, until April 3rd, any of your small business customers can enter our Small Business Contest 2016 on…

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I sold Office 365 E5 with PSTN conferencing, now how do I turn it on?

  With the release of Office 365 E5 and Skype for Business PSTN services in December there has been a lot of excitement and interest.  There is also a lot of new info to navigate.   Tomorrow marks the availability of PSTN services through the channel via our Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program. If you recall,…

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New Microsoft Azure Hybrid Cloud Benefit for Windows Server eases transitions to the cloud

  Everyone Needs to know this.   All those Windows Servers you have been selling to customers via volume licensing can move to Azure without incurring the runtime charges for the OS if the customer has Software Assurance.  This is HUGE.   Generally Microsoft has vehicles for larger customers to protect their existing investment when transitioning to…

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Microsoft Partner Azure IUR SkyKick Cloud Backup Offer

While we are on the subject of Free (see my post from earlier today), I wanted to make certain each and every partner selling (and using) Office 365 is taking advantage of this offer. As the above banner states, Microsoft MPN and our friends over at SkyKick have teamed up to provide you with this…

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FREE Partner Online Technical Trainings until March 31, 2016

As we are on the cusp if the new year, I thought it would be a good idea to inform the Microsoft Partnersphere of  technical training resources that usually require Partner Advisory Hours (a finite MPN Network Benefit), but are free for the next 90 days! The Intention is to “Boost partner transformation to the…

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Leading Your Customers to Modern IT with Windows Server 2012 R2: Storage Spaces

Woody Walton I know this little gem is not getting enough play with many partners and SMB customers; Storage Spaces.   We talked a lot about it when it was initially released with Windows Server 2012, and then again when we updated it and added functionality in the R2 release, but I am still amazed at…

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Office 365 SMB SKU Transition Walkthrough

  Hello Partners!   Many of you have been awaiting updated information and guidance on how SKU transitions will occur for the retiring SMB plans purchased through Retail, Direct, or the Open License Program. The Plans I am referring to are: Office 365 Small Business Office 365 Small Business Premium Office 365 Midsized Business If your…

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Skype for Business Online Academy December – Register Now!

  The highly anticipated release of the Office 365 E5 suite debuts tomorrow, December 1st.  If you have not been following E5 or the new services being launched in Skype for Business please read today’s Office Blog Post, Office 365 brings significant new value to business customers worldwide by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice-president for Microsoft…

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Office 365 Things You Need to Know: Protect Office 365 Email and Office Documents with Azure RMS

  Partners, I speak with your peers all the time about being more profitable selling Microsoft cloud solutions by wrapping additional capabilities that add value and increase average revenue per user (ARPU).  Of course there are a multitude of ways one can bolt on additional services, but one that do not hear near enough partners…

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Office 365 Things You Need to Know: Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run

We are at an interesting time in the world of Office 365, a time of transition. We have SKUs like Small Business Premium and MidSize Business retiring. We have a new Office version with the launch of Office 2016 on September 22nd. We have announced a new SKU, the anticipated E5 offering which adds a…

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Partner Profitability Webcast Series is One You Cannot Miss!

Woody Walton I had the opportunity to hear Jen Sieger, a Senior Business Strategy Analyst of Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Group, provide an overview of our updated partner profitability content.   I learned a lot from her and the profitability information she shared is essential material for partners.  I was following up looking at some resources she…

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Transitioning away from Office 365 Small Business Premium requires an Office client reinstallation

Woody Walton Office 365 Small Business Premium was a great price value for SMBs.  As we see the product sunset over the next several months the transition to “New” Business Plans (Business Premium for instance) may create some situations you have not anticipated.  The same would also be true of moving to the Enterprise Plans…

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